What Would You Do? by @Medina_Marie17



As the summer slowly winds down, we find ourselves grasping more and more for just a taste of hockey. Binge watching movies like The Mighty Ducks, Slapshot, and Miracle over and over have become the norm as we tick off the days until training camp opens and preseason begins.

Penguin fans have it a little easier. Fans from across the world watch Twitter and Instagram like their lives depended on it, trying to find out where the Stanley Cup will be next. What player has The Cup, where will public appearances be, can we get a picture with The Cup, etc. and other questions of the like flood the Penguins Twitter feed daily.

Unless you are lucky enough to be a season ticket holder or by some miracle have a day off of work, a chance for fans to even see the  Stanley Cup are far and few between but that doesn't stop fans from day dreaming about what a day with the Stanley Cup would be like? What would they do with it? Where would they take it? What family and friends would be involved?

I posed this question to fans on social media and the amount of replies that came flooding in was staggering. From taking The Cup to the top of mountains, filling it with gourmet macaroni and cheese, and other wild and crazy ideas, there was no lack of imagination from these faithful fans.

Below are compiled just a sampling of what fans had to say if they got to spend 24 hours with the famed and beloved Stanley Cup.




Pens Army (@PensArmy_):  "If I had 24 hours with The Cup, I would probably take 19,378,461 pictures with it and hug it all day long. I would go for a walk and see my friends around and give them a chance to see the Stanley Cup. Why not do a hockey game where the winner wins Lord Stanley?! I would end my day with The Cup in the pool probably. Not sure the league would be happy about it but hey, am I allowed to have The Cup anyway? Just having The Cup in my arms every second of the day would make me smile."




Brittany Platt, 22, Pittsburgh PA:
"I am a HUGE Pens fan. If I could have the Stanley Cup for one day I would take it and show my friends and family. I would definitely get pictures with it. I would then probably go to the bar and show it off. Let's Go Pens. Stanley Cup Champs 2016!!!"



Jason Kelly, 46, West Bromwich, United Kingdom
"I am a massive Pens fan from the UK. I come over every year to watch the team play. If I had The Cup for one day I would take it for a trip around London, visit Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and even take it on a river trip up the Thames. Then I would finish the night at a pub, singing karaoke songs to Lord Stanley. #UkPensBarmyArmy"








Tyler Harlow, Chicago IL:
" I would take it to all the local hockey rinks for all the kids to see. After that, bring it to Children's Hospital for them and their families. Next I would bring it to a nearby restaurant for all the locals to see. Then I would take it back to my families house for a cookout and pictures. Finally, when the day was over, I would clean and wash it before giving it back, just like Sid did."










Drew Mine, 37, Baden PA:
"It is weird that I am writing about what I would do with 24-hours with "Lord Stanley" because I had just asked this question to my brother the other day. His response at the time was that he wound't know what he would do. My day with The Cup probably wouldn't be any different than what is going on now. I would definitely take it to Children's Hospital. Then I would just have party in my hometown, charge a fee to have a picture taken with it, then have all the money go towards a charity of my choosing."




Jonathan Smock, Maryland, United States Marines:
"AFTER Medina mentioned I only had 4-7 sentences in which to contribute, I boiled down my answer to something very easy. I would start the morning with eating frosted flakes out of The Cup. I would then take it on a drive up to PA to visit my mom. We would spend the whole day together and she could bask in the glory of The Stanley Cup...and it in hers."

(Writers note: Thanks for making me cry, Jon.)







Paul Clemente (of Pens Initiative):
"On my (fictitious) day with The Cup, it would never leave my side. Selfishly, I would not let anyone else touch it outside of my friends and family. No practical reasons behind that. Additionally, I would take it everywhere I would usually go in my hometown. My favourite bar and drink my favourite beer out of it (Voodoo Love Child by Voodoo Brewing Co.) and maybe schedule appearances at my friend's local businesses to give them a little rub. I would also try and leverage in something with a local wrestling promotion and The Cup because I am a perpetual child with limited ability. And yes, I would totally sleep with it."



John Scanlon, 44, Emsworth PA:
"While I was first introduced to the MHL by attending a Washington Capitals game in 1985, years of playoff failures took its toll on me as a Caps fan. When I moved to Pittsburgh in 1996 from the DC area, I was ready for a chance and switched by loyalty from the Dc teams to the Pittsburgh teams. If I could have a day with the Stanley Cup, my wife and I would gladly take it down to the DC area and show it off, err, I mean rub it in. Also to family and friends since that is the closest they may EVER get to The Cup"

(Writers Note: Savagery!)






Matt Crisson, Bethel Park PA:
" I would bring it to my Mite team's hockey practice and have them play a mini Stanley Cup final game. I would let them all take pictures with it like they won it for real! It would be something they'd never forget. How cool would that be?!"
 





Medina Menozzi, Pittsburgh PA:
"Truth be told, I would probably do some of the same things everyone else is doing. Visiting children in the hospital and at local rinks during practice so they all could get pictures, show it off to family and friends, maybe a parade or two. I think the fun thing I would do with it would be to get a bunch of my pageant queen friends together at Kennywood (all in our crowns and sashes) and fill The Cup with as much Potato Patch fries as possible (topped with bacon and cheese of course), and go to town on it while taking as many silly pictures as possible. At the end of the day, I would toast to another successful season and pray that it would be right back here a year later"





Reading what everyone had to say and what they would do with the Stanley Cup was hilarious and fun. Penguin fans sure are colourful when it comes to what their idea's of Fun with the Cup would be. What would you do with 24-hours with the Stanley Cup? Feel free to post below and let me know. I would love to hear your ideas.

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About Medina Menozzi

I write about the Penguins and anything associated with them. I work a lot and my social life reflects that. How do you handle me? With a good shot of tequila and a prayer. Kat Stratford is my spirit animal.
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